If we can get something for less, then it's in our nature to do so.
Whether that be less work, less pain or less money, some are in it to get as much as possible for as little as possible.
The fashion industry inparticular is built upon inspiration both dishing it out by the gallon and unfortunately taking it without a care for the original idea in hand. Some say there is no such thing as an original idea, what with hundreds of thousands of years of inventions, designs and ideas, it's almost impossible to come up with something that is 100% original and not inspired by something of a similar ilk. And whilst, for the most part, life is all about being inspired by whatever you can be (see this video here on whats inspiring me right now) and it's all about taking elements of life and shaking it up to create your own unique world, however, sometimes things go a little too far.
Whilst imitation is the highest form of flattery, it's all getting a little out of hand if you ask me.
Artists, designers, singers and creators are being ripped off left right and centre and something has to give.
Just last week my dear friend Felicity Hayward had her work completely mimicked by SheIn.com, a website that I personally despise for that exact reason. There designs are FAR too close to the originals and sometimes, in Felicity's case, they're ripped off entirely. This is something that must be stopped. Creative ideas such as Felicity's and others take time, love and a heck load of blood, sweat and tears to perfect, so to see mainstream websites such as the one mentioned above, completely copying such designs, well, it's heartbreaking to say the least.
Creativity is such a magical thing, it's something not everyone is blessed with and I simply adore how creativity is within different people in entirely different ways. That's the beauty of it; It's completely unique to the individual. Whether you're a writer, a designer, comedian, artist or otherwise, creativity is exclusive to the respective person and it's not something that should be replicated by a lesser creative, yeah I'm looking at you She In.
The blogging industry is also swimming with dupe videos, blog posts and Instagram posts.
Whether it's the must have Gucci Marmont, the Chloe Faye or a pair of Givenchy boots, the blogging world is awash with how and where to find the latest dupe.
And whilst, I'm all for a designer inspired garment, it has to be inspired by. It can't simply be a rip of, of said design if you catch my drift.
Take the Gucci Horsebit slip on loafers for example.
I am lucky enough to own two pairs of the must have shoe of the year and that was my choice to do so. I wanted the real deal. I wanted to support a design that was originally created by Gucci and I wanted to have a slice of the authentic action.
However, I could have hit up the high street and picked up a pair within a thousand and one imitation designs of the much coveted shoe. The likes of Topshop and Mango and many more have all taken inspiration from this key Gucci trend and done their own spin on the shoe. They're slip on's but without the horsebit metal wear, which is unique to Gucci. However, some brands haven't been as polite and have completely ripped off their entire design, now this is where it starts to take the biscuit.
Whilst we'll always be inspired by that of the luxury designer market, I will not adhere to high street stores completely emulating a luxury design.
So with that, I'm sharing two inspired-by items on the high street right now. NOT dupes!
There is a difference, one I hope you understand from my spiel above.
First up we have the AW17 J Crew and/or Marc Jacobs inspired rugby shirt, this time at a fraction of the price by H&M.
Marc Jacobs are a brand that I am TOTALLY in love with and have been for as long as I can remember. It is a brand that has a very special place in my heart as it was one of the first luxury brands that I remember being absolutely TOTALLY desperate to get my hands on when I was 14.
It's a brand that I always look to for styling inspiration and it's a brand that are always filling up my wish lists over on Net-A-Porter and FarFetch. When I spied this Marc Jacobs rugby shirt, I was desperate to get my hands on it. It conjured a real nostalgic feel for me having had many a rugby shirt back in the nineties from good ole Tammy Girl (who can relate?). I loved my Rugby Shirts fit with glitter slogans back in the day so I was naturally thrilled that they were coming back around.
And whilst I genuinely considered and toyed with getting the Marc Jacobs design for a good few weeks, I then spied the H&M version and it was naturally a no-brainer.
Marc Jacobs didn't design the Rugby Shirt. It isn't an original design for the brand. It's a sporting uniform and therefore is an inspired by piece even by Jacobs himself. So, H&M won the battle and it was the most perfect thing to wear for LFW day 2 as it genuinely felt like I was wearing loungewear all day long.
And finally the boots, OH THE BOOTS!
If you've been following along over on Instagram you'll know that these boots have barely been off my feet for the past couple of weeks and that's because they're so god damn beautiful!
They're by Office and in an insane fluoro pink satin. The heel, albeit a kitten heel, it's in fact coned, so makes for a REALLY easy and super comfortable boot to walk in. I've often struggled with stilettos and kitten heels due to the painfully thin heel and the impending getting stuck in paving stones/grass/grids. However, the cone shaped heel of these Office babies eradicates all of those problems and in-turn I've been wearing them NON STOP!
Whilst many a fash-week-goer stopped to ask if my boots were Balenciaga, and granted, I can see why; But I would never call these boots a dupe.
They're simply inspired by once more due to the fact that pointed boots with a kitten heel aren't original to Balenciaga.
Kitten heel's were introduced in the late 1950's for a smarter shoe choice for teenage girls so have been around for many years and are therefore not an original design for Balenciaga, in turn being an inspired piece all round.
So whilst being inspired by all that is around us is beautiful, it's SO SO SO important that original designs aren't completely ripped off.
I do hope you understand where I am coming from here. I'm merely expressing my thoughts on art and originality rather than suggesting we all invest in luxury items, I believe we should give credit where credit is due and I just so happen to think that this is taken for granted more often than not in many creative industries, including this one. Just do you.